"Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos
Okay, so it doesn't have the three show stopping camera lenses on the back like the Huawei P20 pro.
But, the regular old P20 here is still a pretty good phone.
There are two cameras on back, with plenty of photography tricks.
A roomy 5.8 inch screen and oodles of storage for all the photos and super slow motion videos that you will take.
But let's take a step back and look at design.
I have it in black and blue, but the P20 also comes in that killer irridescent shade called twilight that I can't rip my eyes away from.
But whichever color you get, this phone is an absolute fingerprint magnet.
If you don't have a cloth, get used to wiping it on your clothes.
The P20 fits pretty comfortably in my hands.
The bezels are slim, but there's a chin at the bottom where the fingerprint Print reader goes.
I don't really mind this, since I can unlock the screen when the P20s flat on a table or a desk, but the button is a little narrow.
Now we get to the controversial part.
I know, a lot of Android fan absolutely hate this, and if you're one of them, Huawei at least gives you the option of masking the notch in the setting.
Remember, this changes nothing except that you have a smaller screen footprint to look at.
But hey, if it makes you feel better.
Anyway, let's talk about the camera.
I was happy with the photos that I took on this phone.
It has a 12 megapixel rear lens for all those color shots, and a 20 megapixel monochrome lens that adds shadowing and detail.
But [UNKNOWN] throws in a lot of extra settings too.
Portrait mode for the front and rear cameras, portrait lighting effects like you see on the iPhone 10, and super slow mo video.
There's also night mode, which takes excellent photos in dark restaurants and bars.
There's also a default feature, where the camera software detects where you are shooting and automatically adjusts the setting Say a closeup, a portrait, or photos with a big blue sky.
This AI intervention can all feel like a bit much, but if you love camera tricks, there's plenty to play with, and the photos are pretty good.
While Waytapp's Android 8.0 Oreo with its own emotion UI Flare.
I'm not a big fan of this look but you can customize with themes and drag and drop icons to rearrange them on the screen and come up with a lay out you like.
And there's no headset jack on this phone, you have to use the USBC adaptor or dongle that comes in the box if you want to plug in wired, Headphone.
If you're deciding between the P20 pro and the P20, there are a few things you have to think about.
While we save the best features for the P20 pro, the [UNKNOWN] screen, the bigger battery and full water resistance.
You don't want to drop the P20 into a bath, but at least it is flash Proof.
This phone won't sell at all in the US, and if you buy it off the Internet, make sure it will support your carrier network bands wherever you live.
I like the Wa Way P20, and I think it's worth looking at, as long as you don't require every cutting-edge innovation that a phone has offer.
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